Judas… The Name

Names… how they seem to follow us.
Not just the ones we’re given,
But even those of our enemies
Seem to be the same as our loved ones,
Yet those of whom we cherish
Can be the same of those we cringe over
At just the thought of their name.
Did Jesus know when He was little
And Judas was the name of His brother,
That one day He’d be betrayed
And delivered to death by another?
Judas that betrayed Him
Is very well known,
So we associate that name
With someone wicked to leave alone.
But what about Jesus’ brother,
The disciple who followed in love?
Is it fair that name alone
Should be so negatively thought of?
Maybe we should refrain from judging
A book by its cover,
And instead inspect the “fruit,”
And love one another.

7-15-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Harmless As Doves

Wilt thou be made whole?
That is so easy to answer.
Faith is the cure
But obedience the enhancer,
Obedience that includes
To love one another,
Not to be so violent
Or ugly to others.
We are not to let
Our egos be pleased.
We are to be of good cheer
And share our peace.

7-8-11 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)

Love Needs A Relationship

Overwhelmed by my life,
I weaken in a moment that I cannot escape.
How does my soul keep so silent over so much fear.
Surely my mind knows my God will carry every burden for me.
Why have I hidden behind these self-constructed walls?
Why do people scare me that much?
Relationships aren’t that bad.
Yes, they can be that painful,
but are worth their experience,
and quite honestly is required of us.
Our God commands, “Love one another.”
How can we love without a relationship?
There is no relationship without love.
Holy Spirit touch us…
teach us…
help us to share His love.

1-9-03 Written by Gail Brookshire
(by the grace of God)